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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is entangled in three critical but faltering relationships with Hamas, the United States and Israel. How he reconciles them will determine whether Israelis and Palestinians resume talking or fighting in the months ahead.

On Tuesday, Abbas announced that he was disillusioned by more than two decades of failed mediation by the U.S. and would instead seek Palestinian statehood at the United Nations Security Council. If he doesn’t win a commitment from the Security Council to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem within three years, he plans to bring Palestinian grievances to the International Criminal Court and other global institutions.

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